Several schools, organizations, and government agencies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the US offer scholarships and financial aid to international students. If you want to find out more about the most update scholarships information, it’s best to check on our scholarships page.
Common places to find scholarships you qualify for are through study abroad program providers, third-party organizations, and through your home university’s international or study abroad office. Even better, you can find these opportunities right here at Go Overseas — we run several study abroad scholarships throughout the year!
Ask for help
First and foremost, don’t be afraid to reach out to the people around you for help. Contact your university’s study abroad office, your professors, the financial aid office, and your academic advisors to ask them about scholarships or grants that they may know of.
If possible, go in-person to these offices to ask for advice on how to get a scholarship to study abroad, rather than just emailing or calling.
Not only will this make it easier for your professors or study abroad office to help you, but they’ll be impressed with your clear determination and initiative in arriving to discuss financial aid in person. The hardest part of getting study abroad scholarships is simply finding them, so be sure to ask the professionals if they know of any!
Contact the scholarship or grant funder directly
The best way to know all the nitty-gritty details of the scholarships you will be applying for, as well as up-to-date application requirements, is to contact the funder directly — they practically wrote the book on how to get a scholarship to study abroad! Not only will this ensure that you have all the correct information, you will also be showing the scholarship or grant funder/provider that you are not afraid to take the initiative and actively pursue the scholarship you are applying for.
When you find a scholarship, you qualify for, it’s time to start researching the scholarship and its provider. Find out what they are looking for in applicants – are they interested in younger applicants with an entrepreneurial flare, or perhaps they are looking for somebody whose beliefs are closely aligned with a certain charity. Finding these kinds of facts out are imperative.
At this point it is time to put pen to paper and fill in the application form. This is when all that research you’ve previously completed will come into play – use it as a checklist and make sure you tick off everything the scholarship provider is looking for, and back it up with evidence.
Repeat you scholarship
The chances of being granted the first scholarship you apply for is slim. So, it’s a good idea to apply for more than one at a time. Don’t rest all your hopes on the big scholarships, as these are fiercely competitive.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that there are only a few scholarships that will cover your tuition fees AND living expenses, as such you’re better off applying for lots of smaller scholarships, that way you also increase your chances of getting at least a bit of financial help towards your study abroad experience.